Join us for this engaging virtual conference on Thursday 11 - Friday 12 July 2024
(2 x half days)

Middle Years Conference 2024

Empower, Engage, Educate:

Unlocking the Needs of the Teenage Brain

Choose from two time zones:
*UK Time (BST)

Thursday 11 - Friday 12 July 2024

Ticket prices:
Single Ticket: £150 

Group of 5 Tickets: £600

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Join us for the first-ever Middle Years Conference 2024, an engaging two-day virtual event designed for educators worldwide, presented by the International Curriculum Association (ICA) and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).

This year's first theme focuses on the latest research concerning the needs of the teenage brain, tailored to improve learning in middle schools globally.

  • Duration: 8.5 hours

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Our Middle Years Conference 2024 will explore the seven critical needs of the teenage brain, articulated through the acronym IMPARTS: Interlinking learning, Making meaning, Peers, Agency, Risk-taking, Transition, and unveiling our new need—Sleep. This addition of the crucial role of Sleep and its impact on adolescent learning marks another enhancement to our comprehensive understanding of adolescent development.

Participants will engage in a variety of workshops designed to practically implement each of the needs of the teenage brain in their teaching. The conference will feature engaging sessions led by the Head of the IMYC, ensuring a rich, collaborative learning experience. Highlights include the presentation of groundbreaking research on 'Sleep and its Impact on Learning in Adolescence' and insights from a keynote speaker and sleep research expert (both to be announced).

Whether you aim to enrich your teaching practices or connect with fellow educators from around the world, the upcoming virtual Middle Years Conference 2024 offers a unique opportunity to foster an educational environment that is innovative and nurturing for the teenage brain.

 What to Expect

  • In-depth insights: Hear from keynote speakers, Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright, who will share cutting-edge research and strategies on the importance of sleep for teenagers.
  • Interactive workshops: Participate in seven engaging sessions, each dedicated to a specific need of the teenage brain outlined in a model known as IMPARTS—Interlinking Learning, Making Meaning, Peers, Agency, Risk-taking, Transition, and Sleep. These workshops will offer actionable insights and practical strategies for classroom implementation.
  • Exclusive previews: Get a first look at upcoming initiatives including our inaugural book club, our new ICA pro subscription service, the November ICA conference, and exciting new partnerships.
  • Networking opportunities: Connect with educators from around the globe to share experiences, challenges, and solutions in supporting the teenage brain.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday 11 July 2024

Julie Wright, MFT and 
Heather Turgeon, MFT

Psycotherapists and Sleep Specialists

For more information about Julie and Heather's work, please visit their website: 

Friday 12 July 2024

David Harkin

Founder, 8billionideas

For more information about 8billionideas, please visit their website:

 Conference Organisers

Lee Hendricks

Head of the IMYC

Conference Lead

Colin Gear

IMYC Coordinator

Conference Moderator

Thursday 11 - Friday 12 July 2024
09:45 - 14:00 (UK time - BST) 
Repeated at:
13:00 - 17:15 (UK time - BST)

(This is the current UK time. See the table below for time zone conversions.)

To make this conference as accessible as possible, we are offering it in two time zones - run once in the morning (UK) and repeated in the afternoon (UK) so choose which time set works best for you! 
brought to you by

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

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